Review of 2017

2017 was a bumper year for us at LCCE and we’re super proud of all our achievements!

We welcomed our 2,221st member! This is a huge achievement for us and our hope is that in 2018 we can reach our 2500th member! 2018 is our 10 year anniversary, so watch this space for some celebrations coming up next year!

We held 2 socials for our volunteers, where we got to know each other better over food, drink and crafts. We like to show our appreciation for the work our volunteers put in every month and what better way than an afternoon of fun and making something new! We’ll be hosting more socials in 2018, so watch this space for more information.

We also shared the sustainable fashion message of LCCE far and wide, appearing on Made in Leeds TV, being interviewed for the Team Leeds Renovation podcast and had articles published by Lucky Dip Club and Independent Leeds! Click on the links to catch up if you missed them!

We also grabbed every opportunity to play dress up, with our witchy themed October exchange visited by a full coven of volunteers! We’re always blown away by the creativity of our team when it comes to their outfits, and halloween was no exception!

We also teamed up with Leeds Libraries to show you how to repurpose and upcycle your clothes. Take your LCCE items down to the library and their team will show you how to make it into something awesome. So far they’ve shown us how to embroider and print on our items, with more sessions in store in 2018! Find out more here.

And of course, we couldn’t have done it without our amazing team of volunteers, who make all this possible! So a huge thank you to all our volunteers in 2017 – whether you’re a regular or a one-off we really appreciate all your hard work.

If you’d like to join this team of fantastic humans in 2018 and help to keep LCCE running, drop us a line at leedscommunityclothesexchange@hotmail.com

“Livia Firth: Every time you shop, always think, ‘Will I wear this a minimum of 30 times?”

Our clothing magpie Becky talks about how she determines if something is allowed in her impressive collection of clothing.

This year on the blog we have featured attendees of the exchange that have opted not to buy new, be that for a year or longer. Personally I would find this challenge extremely hard, so I choose to use the 30 wears method. Anything new I buy, I think about what use I am going to get out of this new item. Where will it fit into my wardrobe? I also keep a list of new purchases as a way of being mindful about what i’m accumulating.

For those that follow me over on Instagram you’ll have been treated to an almost constant stream of selfies. I have been trying to document what I wear throughout the year, as we are now over halfway I thought I’d share with you were i’m up to.

 

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

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Looking at the image above do you feel that everyone is being paid fairly for their labor and costs that they have put in to the garment? The Fairtrade Foundation don’t and this fortnight they aim to highlight the work they do.

We currently use a wide variety of language to describe how we are reducing our impact on the environment, and creating a sustainable future for the planet and people. So what is Fairtrade and where dose it fit in?

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We need a Fashion Revolution!!!

Continuing with our theme this month of loving what you have and not buying new. This week we’d like to highlight the work of Fashion Revolution. They encourage people to ask brands #whomademyclothes during their yearly Fashion Revolution Week 18-24th April, and to question where their clothes come from and who makes them.

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“On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,133 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.”

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Pre Loved and Vintage

Last Sunday some of the LCCE team went to the Preloved Kilo a pay by weight Vintage and Pre-loved clothing event, there are other events available! In our previous post I discussed how with the start of the new year many people were giving up ‘New’ clothing. One way to do this is to purchase Vintage or Pre-loved items, and a great way to do this is at a buy weight event. Many of these companies go over to Europe to source their stock and bring it back to the UK, as Vintage stores here snap up all the bargains and stock for their shops.

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Will 2017 be the Year You Give Up New Clothing?

 

We at Leeds Community Clothes Exchange have certainly noticed an increased awareness in consumers attitudes towards Fast Fashion. There are an increasing number of our members who challenge themselves to not purchase new (excluding underwear, socks and tights) clothing for a full year. I for one take my hat off to them. I have yet to achieve a full year without purchasing a new piece of clothing. Our very own Marketing Officer Lauren, recently wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post about her experience not buying new clothing for one year. Below are some of her fantastic outfits from her Leeds Community Clothes Exchange swap finds.

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